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The Tarantula Nebula (in Narrowband)

A most active star-forming region in the Local Group


Version with Stars Removed:

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The Tarantula Nebula, catalogued as NGC 2070, is an extragalactic emission nebula located in a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way known as the Large Magellanic cloud, which is partly visible as the star field covering the left half of this image. Located 160,000 light years away, the Tarantula has a very high absolute luminosity. The Tarantula Nebula is the most active star forming region known in the local group of galaxies, which is the cluster that includes the Milky Way. 

The Tarantula Nebula is so bright that if it were as close to us as the Orion Nebula, which lies only about 1,200 light years away, it would cast shadows on Earth. The fact that even though it is over 100 times farther (and its light diminished by more than 10,000 times as a result) but yet can still be easily seen through a small telescope is a testament to its intense light.

This rendition was done under heavy city light pollution, and as such narrowband filters were used. A bicolour palette was applied to create this quasi-true colour image. A lower resolution, wider FOV rendition of this object was done other dark skies, and can be accessed here

Imaging Details

Location: Singapore
Date(s): Jan & Feb 2019, Jan & Feb 2020
Telescope: Astro-Physics 130 GTX at f/4.5, APM LZOS 130 at f/4.5
Camera: Atik 16200M, Baader & Chroma Filters
Mount: Losmandy G11/G2
Exposure (min): HII - 350, OIII - 75 (Total 7.1 hours)

Image reduction, integration and processing with Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight.

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